So cultivated

L’Homme sings the praises of cultivation for the garden.

L’Homme in action

Being anal-retentive, I always appreciate how neat and tidy it makes the garden look, but he reminds me that it does ever so much more than remove weeds: it also brings more oxygen to the roots and loosens the soil to make it easier for those roots to respond to their little jolt of energy.  It certainly does show in the plants’ response — after cultivation, we notice that they seem to spring into action, growing significantly taller.

I sometimes think it’s mostly a matter of attention paid.  Back when I used to have houseplants, I tried to regularly dust the leaves of my ficus tree because it gave the plant such a boost.  Maybe removing that layer of dust allowed more light and thus more photosynthesis, but I prefer to believe the plant just appreciated the massage.  I think the garden babies feel the same way.

See how happy they look?

A side note: L’Homme recommends the Long-Handled Wire Weeder from Johnny’s Selected Seeds for this work.  You can see him using it in the photo above.  I like watching him use it, because it’s almost a flowy movement, sort of like using a crochet hook.  I said that I like watching him use it, because I’m not too good at it.

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Yarn Along

Two posts in one day?  Whattup?!!  Well, L’Oiseau fell asleep at 6 pm, and I gotta take my chances when I get ’em.

Ginny at Small Things asked everybody to post what they are reading and knitting, so here’s mine:

Books, magazines, yarn, etc.

I am knitting Sheer Poncho in Malabrigo Lace 100% Baby Merino wool, color is Black Forest (No. 179).  I’m trying feverishly to finish it, so I can wear  it this fall, and so I can get started on Oriental Lily for L’Oiseau.

I am reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren — so many people rave about it, but so far, my jury is still out.  Also, The Holistic Orchard by Michael Phillips — this I love, and I’m learning so much and feeling very proud that I’m preparing myself to be an orchardist “one of these days.”

But my top favorite read, as always, is The Week.  I cannot say enough good things about this magazine.  It’s a compilation each week of the best of print media from around the world.  The editors at The Week read everything I wish I had time to read and distill it for me into this publication.  It covers news, politics, science, entertainment, real estate, business news, sports, drama, movies, food, art openings and exhibits.  It’s just fantastic.

Thanks for the invite to chat about reading and knitting, Ginny!  Two of my favorite things also.

Fall Bucket List, updated

Go to the Georgia National Fair.   This is the supremo county/state fair.  It’s called national because people come from all over the US to enter their livestock, arts and crafts, foods, etc.  The midway is always spectacular, and the setting at the fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia (you might have noticed it if you ever traveled I-75 through middle Georgia) is lovely.

Go to at least one craft fair.   Done.  We had a lovely time at the Pine Log Craft Fair at lovely little Pine Log United Methodist Church in Pine Log, Georgia.  Yes, there are a lot of pine trees in the area.

Go to a chili cook-off and serve as an unrecognized judge.

Go on a hayride.

Go camping at least once and have hot dogs and hot chocolate around the campfire.

Get the Halloween pumpkin from a pumpkin farm, carve it, and roast the seeds.

Knit a new sweater for L’Oiseau.

Go hiking and collect acorns for acorn crafts.

Go to a high school football game.  Okay, found out that local high school games cost about $8 – $10 to attend.  Fuhgettaboutit!  I used to pay $2.50 to see a game. 

What’s on YOUR bucket list for the Fall?

Fall Bucket List

Go to at least one craft fair.

Pick apples at B.J.Reece Apple Orchards in Ellijay, Georgia.

Go to a chili cook-off and serve as an unrecognized judge.

Go on a hayride.

Go camping at least once and have hot dogs and hot chocolate around the campfire.

Get the Halloween pumpkin from a pumpkin farm, carve it, and roast the seeds.

Knit a new sweater for L’Oiseau.

Go hiking and collect acorns for acorn crafts.

Go to a high school football game.

What’s on YOUR bucket list for the fall?